Apocalyptic Thinking in Early Judaism; Engaging with John Collins’ The Apocalyptic Imagination

Apocalyptic Thinking in Early Judaism; Engaging with John Collins’ The Apocalyptic Imagination

Edited by Cecilia Wassen and Sidnie White Crawford It has been over 30 years since John Collins’ seminal study The Apocalyptic Imagination first came out. In this timely volume, Apocalyptic Thinking in Early Judaism: Engaging with John Collins’ The Apocalyptic Imagination, leading international experts of Jewish apocalyptic critically engage with Collins’ work and add to the ongoing debate with articles on current topics in the field of apocalyptic studies. The…

Feeling Jewish (A Book for Just About Anyone) by Devorah Baum

Feeling Jewish (A Book for Just About Anyone) by Devorah Baum

In this sparkling debut, a young critic offers an original, passionate, and erudite account of what it means to feel Jewish—even when you’re not. Self-hatred. Guilt. Resentment. Paranoia. Hysteria. Overbearing Mother-Love. In this witty, insightful, and poignant book, Devorah Baum delves into fiction, film, memoir, and psychoanalysis to present a dazzlingly original exploration of a series of feelings famously associated with modern Jews. Reflecting on why Jews have so often…

December 2017 Jewish Book Carnival

Three Floors Up by Eshkol Nevo

The December Jewish Book Carnival, a monthly roundup of Jewish literary links, is being hosted this month on the blog of Ann Koffsky at http://annkoffsky.com/2017/12/10/jewish-book-carnival-december/, including. The Association of Jewish Libraries, in conjunction with The Jewish Book Council, held the third annual #Readukkah Jewish reading challenge during Hanukkah. Deborah Kalb’s interview  with Israeli author Eshkol Nevo about his book Three Floors Up. At Sketching out, read a book review of The…

Three Floors Up by Eshkol Nevo

Three Floors Up by Eshkol Nevo

Sondra Silverston (Translator) Set in an upper-middle-class Tel Aviv apartment building, this best-selling and warmly acclaimed Israeli novel examines the interconnected lives of its residents, whose turmoils, secrets, unreliable confessions, and problematic decisions reveal a society in the midst of an identity crisis. On the first floor, Arnon, a tormented retired officer who fought in the First Intifada, confesses to an army friend with a troubled military past how his…

Stolen Secrets by L.B. Schulman

Stolen Secrets by L.B. Schulman

After an abrupt move across the country to San Francisco, sixteen-year-old Livvy is shocked to find that her mother has lied to her. Instead of looking for work at a bakery, her mom is taking care of Adelle, Livvy’s grandmother, who Livvy thought was long dead. Suffering from Alzheimer’s, Adelle shouts out startling details, mistakes her own name, and seems to relive moments that may have taken place in a…

The Book of Life Podcast: Grand Finale (at least for now)

From the post: In this twelfth anniversary episode of The Book of Life, we hear from listeners and past guests about some of their favorite interviews. If we missed YOUR favorite, check out the right-hand sidebar at bookoflifepodcast.com for past episodes or go to the Internet Archive at archive.org/details/@TBOL. During The Book of Life’s coming hiatus, I may post occasional interviews if I come across something just too interesting to…

Hebrew Texts in Jewish, Christian and Muslim Surroundings

Hebrew Texts in Jewish, Christian and Muslim Surroundings

Edited by Klaas Spronk and Eveline Staalduine-Sulman Hebrew Texts in Jewish, Christian and Muslim Surroundings offers a new perspective on Judaism, Christianity and Islam as religions of the book. Their problematic relation seems to indicate that there is more that divides than unites these religions. The present volume will show that there is an intricate web of relations between the texts of these three religious traditions. On many levels readings…

The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

Three women, haunted by the past and the secrets they hold Set at the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society, a powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined—an affecting, shocking, and ultimately redemptive novel from the author of the New York Times Notable Book The Hazards of Good Breeding. Amid…

Necessary Stories by Haim Watzman

Necessary Stories by Haim Watzman

Twenty-four stories of Israeli and Jewish life, chosen from the more than one hundred Haim Watzman has written over the last nine years in his “Necessary Stories” column in the The Jerusalem Report. Bookended by a flashback to his first weekend in Israel forty years ago and a storytelling encounter on a recent flight back home from the US, these stories—funny, meditative, and sad, set in immigrant camps, the army,…

Podcast: Pirkei Imahot & Graphic Novel Pirkei Avot

Pirkei Imahot: The Wisdom of Mothers, The Voices of Women by Lois Sussman Shenker and Rabbi Eve Posen

Via email, The Book of Life Podcast convened a virtual roundtable among the creators of two books related to The Ethics of the Fathers, aka the Pirkei Avot. We spoke with Jessica Deutsch, creator of The Illustrated Pirkei Avot: A Graphic Novel of Jewish Ethics, and with Lois Shenker and Rabbi Eve Posen, co-authors of Pirkei Imahot: The Wisom of Mothers, The Voices of Women. Listen to the podcast here:…